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Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet


As Tet draws near, in addition to their professional duties, firefighters gather to make chung cakes to welcome Tet.

NDO – As a customary act, on the 27th-28th days of the last lunar month, police officers from the Fire and Rescue Police Team (belonging to Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem District Police) gather to make chung cakes at their unit to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet


Firefighters go to local early markets to buy dong leaves, mung beans, meat and glutinous rice to prepare the chung cakes (square sticky rice cake) – a traditional and indispensable Vietnamese dish during Tet.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Hands that are used to working with fire hoses now turn to making the nation’s traditional rice cake to welcome Tet.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

The ingredients are carefully selected by firefighters to make the most beautiful and delicious chung cakes.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

A young fire police officer learns how to pack chung cake for the first time from his senior colleague.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Lieutenant Colonel Khuc Nguyen Khanh, the team’s deputy head, said: “Every Tet comes, to ensure absolute safety for the people and to help them feel secure in welcoming the Lunar New Year, my unit’s staff are on duty at 100% capacity, thus no one among us can go home to enjoy Tet. Therefore, chung cake making like this is an opportunity for us to encourage each other as we have to leave our families during Tet.”

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, all members of the unit are always reminded to comply with the epidemic prevention regulations, wearing face masks, regularly cleaning and washing their hands, Lieutenant Colonel Khanh added.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

The rustic chung cakes using teamwork and friendship warm up the firefighters’ hearts during their Tet away from home.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

This year around 90 cakes have been made, both for officers to celebrate Tet and to send as gifts to their families.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

A cylindrical pot is prepared to boil the cakes.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

After wrapping, chung cakes are arranged in the pot for boiling.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

For every Vietnamese, upon seeing the boiling cauldron of chung cakes, it seems the taste of Tet is near.

Chung cakes console firefighters on duty during Tet

Firefighters on their night shift watching the boiling of chung cakes. It takes time to boil the cakes, sometimes up to 16 hours.

Photo: NDO/Ha Nam